An inhabitant of thresholds: On George Orwell, reclusiveness and the merits of belonging between places as a journalist
The tyranny of numbers is all around us, in every sphere. How many website hits has the journalistic story got? It’s a good story if it has lots of hits. How many likes on Facebook and retweets on Twitter did the column get? It’s a fine column if it got plenty of those. How good is the television show? Well, it’s the best if it has the highest viewership. In other words, the measure of quality is quantity.
We laugh in the darkest times, not because humour can change our circumstances, but because it can always change how we feel about them. Jokes never mean only one thing, and the hidden story of political humour under Stalin is far more nuanced than a simple struggle between repression and resistance.
Animalia Indica: Sumana Roy curates stories that uphold bygone animal-human bond, dazzle with illustrations
Animalia Indica: The Finest Animal Stories in Indian Literature, edited by Sumana Roy, is a collection of 21 stories from different parts of the subcontinent, "written in the last one hundred years or so". Most of these stories focus on human-animal interactions, though there are a few devoted solely to the animal world as well.
Alpa Shah on Nightmarch, her Orwell Prize-longlisted account of journeying into India’s Naxal heartland
Alpa Shah’s journey through India's Naxal belt with a guerrilla platoon is documented in her 2018 book, Nightmarch. This year, the title has been longlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
Siri & Alexa have surely been proposed to at some point, yet lab animals still go by alphanumeric codes.
From politicians to common citizens, Twitter users express fury over MHA snooping notification; label it Orwellian and unconstitutional
Not just calls or emails, but any data can be intercepted and devices can be seized by the agencies.
Abdullah Khan, the author of Patna Blues, breathes life into the city and highlights the struggle of a young boy appearing for his civil service examinations
The announcement comes days after Netflix acquired Andy Serkis' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, titled Mowgli, from Warner Bros.
Aadhaar cards linked with mobile numbers are an Orwellian nightmare, offer ringside seat to Big Brother
Through the Aadhaar card, Big Brother will not only be watching, he will be cataloguing your preferences, lifestyle and intrude into every aspect of life.
Gandhi Jayanti highlights: Mahatma believed intolerant people focus on matters away from spirituality
Like the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Poetry, prose or drama; fiction or nonfiction — Gandhi is everywhere.
Gujarat Congress MLAs defect to BJP: Resort politics must end, parties must treat legislators with respect
The sordid story of the Congress herding its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru on Friday and virtually locking them in a resort to keep them safe from poachers in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections reminds me of the two delightful scenes from Orwell’s novella.
Dystopian novels like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 are on the same line as George Orwell's 1984.
Champions Trophy 2017: In the era of IPL and social media, international cricket must be more inclusive
George Orwell wrote, in the context of international football, that ‘sport is an unfailing cause of ill-will'. The same may now be true of International cricket.
In our pursuit of the controversy surrounding Narendra Modi "replacing Gandhi" in a KVIC calendar, and Haryana minister Anil Vij calling Gandhi a lesser "brand", we are forgetting that here we are talking about a man who lives beyond the pages of history, diaries and calendar.
"We're collecting materials for the museum right now, such as photos, data and other heritage of Katha. And we're also renovating George Orwell's house by maintaining its own original style.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra has slammed Twitterati for mocking her over her misinterpretation of George Orwell's novella 'Animal Farm'.
Edward Snowden, whistleblower extraordinaire is live on Reddit, right now, this minute. Head over to the AMA and ask him anything you want.
Ministry of Truth: New government cyber cell will weed out ‘negative narratives’ against state, track those inciting 'trouble'
The government of India will soon set up a special media cell to keep an eye on negative narratives against the government online — a positive counter would be initiated through press releases, briefings and/or press conferences
Drawing attention towards a fading Orwellian legacy in Bihar, a new documentary film makes an impassioned plea to preserve the celebrated British author's birthplace in Motihari.